'Nasty injury' set to sideline Socceroos left-back Smith


Socceroos defender Brad Smith could be out "long term" for Premier League club side Bournemouth, Cherries boss Eddie Howe has revealed.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is resigned to losing Smith for an extended period after the defender was forced from the field with a hip injury after only 11 minutes during the AFC play-off clash at ANZ Stadium on Tuesday. 

Smith will be missing from Bournemouth's side to play Tottenham at Wembley and Howe fears the injury could be worse than first thought.

"Brad is the major worry," Howe told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.

"He looks like he has got a nasty injury but we don't know the full extent. He has had one scan but we want to get it confirmed.

"It looks like he could be out for a period of time.

"I don't have an exact time for you but he seems to have a hip problem related to his quad muscle."

Smith was a controversial inclusion in under-fire national coach Postecoglou's 23-man FIFA World Cup qualifying squad to take on Syria after a mediocre performance in Australia's 2-0 loss to Japan.

But he was unable to contribute during a dramatic return-leg tie, won 2-1 by the Socceroos, leaving the field with a hip flexor injury and being replaced by Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy.

Adding to Bournemouth's woes, the Cherries will also be without Scotland midfielder Ryan Fraser who has picked up a hamstring injury.

Norway forward Josh King has a similar injury, but neither are expected to be long-term absentees.

Defender Tyrone Mings has been out with a back problem, while forward Callum Wilson continues to step up his rehabilitation after a serious knee injury.

Source AAP